Number of players among the top 10 seeds at the WGC Match Play who stand 2-0 after the first two days at Austin (Texas) Country Club. No. 4 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and No. 7 Francesco Molinari of Italy won their second consecutive matches Thursday to lead the top players into the final day of round-robin play. Molinari has yet to see the 16th tee, and McIlroy has not been extended past the 16th green. All told, 10 players were undefeated after two days, with three of them in their 40s: Americans Jim Furyk (48) and Matt Kuchar (40) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (42). No player in his 40s has won the Match Play. After today’s third round of matches, the 16 group winners will advance to the single-elimination rounds this weekend (tee times; results).
Number of top-10 finishes, in as many starts, for Mississippian Glen Day in the Champions Tour’s Rapiscan Systems Classic, which starts today in Biloxi, Miss. Day, 53, who grew up in Poplarville, Miss., is a former PGA Tour winner who is seeking his first victory on the Champions Tour. He owns two T-6s and a T-9 in three appearances at Fallen Oak (tee times).
Number of strokes under par that Chella Choi stood to take the first-round lead at the LPGA’s Kia Classic. Choi, 28, of South Korea, played bogey-free golf at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., to open a two-stroke lead on Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow (scores).
Percentage decline in rounds played in February, compared with the same month last year, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report. Year to date, rounds played were down 5.3 percent through the first two months of 2019. Rounds played in January were up 2.8 percent compared with January 2018, offering a brief respite from a steady decline that resulted in annual drops of 4.8 percent in 2018 and 2.7 percent in 2017 (“Keeping score,” March 1).
Scores for co-leaders Dan McCarthy and Byron Meth in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship. McCarthy and Meth, both Americans, played bogey-free golf to shoot 7 under at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course in Savannah, Ga. (scores).
Scores for American Joel Dahmen, Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Australia’s Matt Jones, who co-led at 6 under after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Dahmen made eight birdies, including five of his last six holes at Corales Golf Club, to share the first-round lead for the second week in a row (scores).
Scores posted by co-leaders Julian Suri and Stephen Gallacher in the first round of the Hero Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi. Suri, an American and one-time winner on the European Tour who will turn 28 next week, is making only his second start of the season after undergoing surgery for an abdominal hernia. Gallacher, 44, of Scotland, holed a putt from off the green for an eagle at the par-5 18th to grab a share of the lead. He is a three-time winner on the tour (scores).